Saturday, February 16, 2008

Steel-cut oats

I found a recipe for steel-cut oats and didn't want to forget it so thought I'd post it here.
Recipe can also be found at this website.

Makes 8 servings, 1 cup each

ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 7 to 8 hours (slow-cooker time), 1 hour 35 minutes (stovetop time)


8 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats (see Ingredient note)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours.

Stovetop Variation
Halve the above recipe to accommodate the size of most double boilers: Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup steel-cut oats, 3 tablespoons dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons dried apricots and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler. Cover and cook over boiling water for about 1 1/2 hours, checking the water level in the bottom of the double boiler from time to time.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 193 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 9 g fiber; 78 mg sodium.

Nutrition bonus: Fiber (36% daily value).

2 Carbohydrate Servings


2 starch
1/2 fruit

TIP: Ingredient Note: Steel-cut oats, sometimes labeled "Irish oatmeal," look like small pebbles. They are toasted oat groats—the oat kernel that has been removed from the husk that have been cut in 2 or 3 pieces. Do not substitute regular rolled oats, which have a shorter cooking time, in the slow-cooker oatmeal recipe.

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